Every time an office moves or decides to go in for a serious interior design change all the old materials and furniture find their way to the landfill. Not only does this mean the company has to pay more for throwing away good materials, but it also pays more for buying replacement materials.
The Better Building Partnership decided to set up the infrastructure to reduce wastefulness, by creating a list of collaborating services and suppliers that will look at the old materials and decide what can be recycled, reused, sold back to the manufacturer, sold as second hand, or given away for charity.
Consider that around 400,000 square meters of office space in Sydney are refitted every year, and then consider that around 80% of the materials stripped were just thrown away.
In most instances, these materials are in great condition, and some can be in great condition if refurbished.
Esther Bailey, the manager of the City of Sydney sustainability program, states that planning ahead is the key to successful office recycling. “It’s no good someone saying I’ll take this lever arch folder home or this chair. You need someone who can be there, Tuesday at 5pm, in the right shoes, with the right size truck, to take 500 chairs away – lifting safely from the knees – and rehome them appropriately.”
Based on this way of thinking, a website with a list of contractors has been created for the cost-conscious business owner that wants to reduce the cost from the office defit as much as possible.
Some of these companies include Syndeys Carpet Recyclers, Demolition Plus, and Edge Environment.
Bailey strengthened her approach by adding that “Through our work, we’ve found people who can assist you with every step, and turn it into a simplified process. If you need someone to help with haulage, storage or inventory – there’s someone there. If you need someone who knows all the charities and schools – because that’s where you want your office defit to go – there is someone who can do it.”
This lean approach is a perfect solution for reducing waste, reducing spend and improving the environment.